News analyst Juan Williams, who has written extensively on race and civil rights, was fired today by National Public Radio after comments he made about Muslims on the Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor.”
Responding to a question about Bill O’Reilly’s appearance on “The View”, during which hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg walked off the set in protest of O’Reilly’s views on Muslims, Williams said that too much political correctness can get in the way of reality. He also said:
“I mean, look, Bill, I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the Civil Rights movement in this country. But when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.”
NPR issued a statement saying Williams’ remarks wereÂ not consistent with their editorial standards and practices. The statement said the remarksÂ undermined his credibility as a news analyst.
What are your thoughts?
Is the firing justified? Does political correctness get in the way of reality?Â Are we just hyper-sensitive to racial and culturalÂ statements these days? Are Williams’ remarks hypocritical, considering his background as a civil rights journalist? Is itÂ abhorrent for a non-Muslim to react with apprehension when seeing a Muslim on a plane? Is it natural?
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